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Oregon’s Governor Has Some Problems



|| By FITSNEWS || Other than tall trees, insufferable liberals and ugly football uniforms, we don’t know much about Oregon …

Except we now know it’s governor – Democrat John Kitzhaber – is in serious trouble over an influence peddling scandal involving his fiancée Cynthia Hayes. Apparently Kitzhaber used his influence to convince a pair of “clean energy” groups with business before the state to award Hayes nearly $150,000 in contract work over a two-year period … while she was working in his administration.

Yikes …

It gets better, though … or worse, if you’re Kitzhaber and Hayes.  Apparently all that clean “energy money” wasn’t property accounted for at tax time.  Nor did Kitzhaber completely disclose his partner’s haul on his ethics filings.

Ruh-roh …

It’s gotten so bad for the liberal politician that even the left-leaning paper of record in the state – The Oregonian – has called for his ouster.

“It should be clear by now to Kitzhaber that his credibility has evaporated to such a degree that he can no longer serve effectively as governor,” the paper’s editorial board wrote this week.  “If he wants to serve his constituents he should resign.”

Kitzhaber is having none of it, though.  He’s vowed to stay on amid the scandal – even as his fellow Democrats desert him.

A native of neighboring Washington State, Kitzhaber was Oregon’s governor from 1995-2003.  He ran and won again in 2010 and 2014 – although his margin of victory last year was only 5.6 percent (which is abysmal in a Democratic-dominated state like Oregon).